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Earth Day Special: Filipinos and their acts of green

WITH th the onslaught of disasters around the world, many have committed to saving the environment in their own creative way.

As the country celebrates Earth Day, VERA Files reports on four environment advocacies that form part of this year’s theme, “A Billion Acts of Green.” This campaign is a people-powered project that aims “to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy.”

In the Philippines, individuals and green groups have engaged in various initiatives and projects that could help, so to speak, save the earth.

Athletes for the Earth: Bringing the voices of athletes to the environmental movement

Gian Geronimo reports on the 13th Tour of the Fireflies, a yearly mass bicycle ride through various Metro Manila cities to raise public awareness about the benefits of using bicycles as an affordable and eco-friendly form of alternative transport.

Women and Green Economy: Engaging women in the creation and development of a green economy

Kathlyn dela Cruz talks to Pacita “Chit” Juan, owner of ECHOstore (Environment & Community Hope Organization). It sells products from small marginalized, cultural communities, creative industry practitioners, women groups and foundations and advocates more equitable, cleaner, and collaborative, with healthier and environmentally-sound lifestyles.

Cyrill Yambao features the women of GK SunshineVille in Las Pinas City who weave eco-friendly bags from doy packs.

Arts for the Earth: Celebrating the work of environmental artists in all media

Gail Orduña shares Liongoren Gallery’s Walong Filipina, an exhibit that presents eight male environmentalists whose works will be interpreted by eight female artists.

The Canopy Project: Helping fight deforestation

Marc Cayabyab focuses on the youth organization Kalipunan ng mga Kabataan Para Sa Kalikasan (KaliKaSan), which is committed to the protection and conversation of the environment.

(The writers/producers are students of the University of the Philippines interning at VERA Files)